Tacoma Deck Contractors | Damaging Effects of UV Rays

deckThis summer has been increasingly warm, perfect for days out on the water, barbecues and bonfires. With all this time spent outdoors, you’re bound to have heard about the importance of wearing sunscreen to protect your skin.

During the summer months, the sun’s rays are hitting your deck for most of the day, which can cause the color of wood to a dark gray. Not only does the sun fade the color of your deck, but more importantly it dries it out. In this state, any amount of water that comes in contact will be retained in the wood, making it more susceptible to rot, which can be costly to fix.

There are a few steps our Tacoma deck contractors suggest you can take to prevent this damage from getting worse or occurring in the first place.

  1. If your deck has already started to fade, use a deck brightening solution or stain that can help rescue the wood’s natural color. Look for ones with added pigment and UV protection. It might even be in your best interest to do multiple coats of stain to make sure the wood is as protected form the sun as it can be.
  2. Even composite decks can fade with extensive exposure. The best way to combat the damage to this kind of material is to use a finish that very similar to the stain has UV protection. This kind of finish contains compounds that disrupt the chemical reactions caused by UV light.
  3. The best way to prevent sun damage to your deck is to just keep it out of the sun. Investing in a solar shade can offer you some relief from the beating sun and benefit your deck at the same time. This can be a great option when the weather might even be too warm to sit out in for long periods of time.

Summer is the time of year when your deck gets the most use, so take the steps necessary to keep it in great condition and lasting for the summers to come. Our Tacoma deck contractors are just phone call away and ready to provide advice and consultations so give us a call 253-753-1137 today!

Sources: http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/deck/building/protect-your-deck-from-the-weather/

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